This Was Brainerd - Oct. 21, 2021
A look through the Brainerd Dispatch archives with Terry McCollough combing the microfilm for tidbits of history through the decades going back to 1921.
20 years ago (2001)
It was a tough season for the CLC Raiders football team, as they finished 1-3 in the conference and 3-6 overall. But there final game was even tougher to take. Their 50-11 loss to Fergus Falls saw them rush for 240 yards and pass for -7. But the key was giving up 340 yards in the air and losing six of their eight fumbles.
30 years ago (1991)
The same maintenance man who said he saw an intruder in the burning building at 7th and Front Streets, and chased him, turns out to be the one who set the fire. He is facing charges of arson and burglary. No one was injured but 30 people are homeless and losses are expected to hit $1 million.
40 years ago (1981)
(Photos) In a week that saw three big walleyes registered at local bait shops – including a 10-pound specimen and ones weighing 10-10 and 11-1 – Jim Price of Illinois cornered the largemouth bass action. He caught three weighing 5-pounds, 5-15 and 6-pounds out of the Gull River and registered them at Nisswa Bait Shop.
60 years ago (1961)
The 5-7 smallmouth bass in the King's Sporting Goods couldn't beat the two largemouth ahead of it – a 6-3 and a 5-14 – but it will get a prize of its own. It's the largest smallmouth caught here in over ten years. Largest walleye entered was a 10-6 out of Gull Lake, and the largest northern was an 18-12 specimen out of Clear Lake.
80 years ago (1941)
Joe Koering flirted with a 300 game and came up just short. He rolled games of 210 and 248, then strung 11 strikes before getting a six-count on the final ball for a 296, a record for Lake Region Alleys and for Brainerd. To the best knowledge of bowling pioneers here, no one has ever rolled a perfect 300 count.
100 years ago (1921)
According to the provisions of the new game laws, the open season for big game will be from November 10 to November 20, inclusive. Previously, the season was from November 10 to November 30. Cost of a license goes up from $1.00 to $2.00 and is good for one antlered moose or one antlered deer.